About Us

Who’s behind Guiding Architects Barcelona?

Our professional and multicultural team of architects has been deciphering the architectural complexity of the city of Barcelona for 25 years to professionals and architecture lovers from countries and cultures all over the world.

As active architects, teaching and living in Barcelona we are directly involved in the architectural and urban development of the city, which allows us to give a detailed vision of the most contemporary Barcelona taking into account both current and historical contexts.

Last but not least, as co-founder of the Guiding Architects Network, we promote and share our knowledge with our colleagues in over 40 cities around the world.

Expert team for architectural tours in Barcelona, posing in front of white building facade

© Andrés Flajszer

© Andrés Flajszer

About Us

Who’s behind Guiding Architects Barcelona?

Our professional and multicultural team of architects has been deciphering the architectural complexity of the city of Barcelona for 25 years to professionals and architecture lovers from countries and cultures all over the world.

As active architects, teaching and living in Barcelona we are directly involved in the architectural and urban development of the city, which allows us to give a detailed vision of the most contemporary Barcelona taking into account both current and historical contexts.

Last but not least, as co-founder of the Guiding Architects Network, we promote and share our knowledge with our colleagues in over 40 cities around the world.

We put all our expertise at your service:

We create bespoke architectural tours adapted to your needs.

We provide high value-added experiences and help you to understand the city’s emerging architectural phenomena.

We go deeper into the most exciting topics of architecture in Barcelona, according to the specific interests of each client.

We create bespoke architectural tours adapted to your needs.

We provide high value-added experiences and help you to understand the city’s emerging architectural phenomena.

We go deeper into the most exciting topics of architecture in Barcelona, according to the specific interests of each client.

Origin and personality of Guiding Architects Barcelona

Guiding Architects Barcelona was founded in 1994 by Professor Hans Geilinger and taken over by architect Lorenzo Kárász in 2013. Together with his team, he disseminates the role of architecture and urban planning as the backbone of the development of the city without leaving aside its socio-cultural context.

Fast forward to today, we carry out guided tours in various formats, spread architectural and urban culture through lectures, seminars and publications, and organise from workshops to authority meetings to construction site visits. And not only that: we also collaborate with the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in order to guide architecture lovers from all over the world on site and virtually through the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, possibly one of the most outstanding buildings in the history of modern architecture.

Headshot of GA Barcelona team member Lorenzo Kárász

© Andrés Flajszer

© Andrés Flajszer

Lorenzo Kárász
CEO and Partner

Austrian architect with family roots in Italy and Hungary, living in Barcelona since 2009, where he is the company’s CEO, architect and architectural photographer. 

He studied architecture at the Technical University of Vienna and at the UPC-ETSAB School of Architecture in Barcelona. A member of Briq Arquitectos, he collaborates with several architectural firms, such as Liebman Villavecchia, Auböck + Kárász, and Josep Ferrando. He teaches architecture at various institutions in Barcelona. 

Languages: Spanish, Catalan, German, English, Italian

www.briq.es | www.cargocollective.com

Headshot of GA Barcelona team member Hans Geilinger

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© Andrés Flajszer

Prof. Hans Geilinger
Founder and Partner

Swiss architect based in Barcelona since 1993. Founder of Guiding Architects Barcelona, promoter and founding member of the association Guiding Architects worldwide. 

Understanding and imparting architecture as a complex expression of the cultural, political and economic state of a society has always been the focus of his work. 

Assistant professor at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), visiting professor at La Salle School of Architecture Barcelona (ETSALS), visiting professor at the HafenCity University Hamburg – University of Architecture and Metropolitan Development (HCU), professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Applied Sciences Zurich (ZHAW / HSZ-T) Author of several publications on Barcelona in scientific journals. Author of research projects on urban interfaces in Switzerland and in collaboration with the Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana “José Antonio Echeverría” (CUJAE) in Cuba. He also has his own architecture studio in Barcelona.  

In combination with his work as a senior partner of Guiding Architects, he has been sailing his 40-foot sailing boat around the world in stages since 2011, taking an interest in cultures in remote places.

Languages: Spanish, English, German and French

www.tuvalubarcelona.es

Headshot of GA Barcelona team member Josep Ferrando

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© Andrés Flajszer

Josep Ferrando Bramona
Partner

Architect from Barcelona and director of the Josep Ferrando Architecture studio. In line with the multifaceted vision of architecture he defends, he combines the characteristics of a craftsman with those of an academic – he’s dean of the Higher Technical School of Architecture at La Salle Barcelona (ETSALS) – and those of a cultural affairs director – he’s the director of the Barcelona Open Centre of Architecture. He is also head of the Culture Department at the Catalonia College of Architects. Under his management the institution has been recognised with the National Culture Award.

His work has been exhibited in various countries and he’s held monographic exhibitions on his work at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, at the prestigious gallery Architekturforum Aedes in Berlin and the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) in Rio. In 2016 he took part in the exhibition “Unfinished” in the Spanish pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale, which was awarded the Golden Lion. He has received international recognition, being several times winner of the FAD awards, the first prize in Buenos Aires International Architecture Biennial BIABA’15 and finalist of the Iakov Chernikov International Award. 

Languages: Catalan, Spanish and English

www.josepferrando.com

Headshot of GA Barcelona team member Ana Fernández

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© Andrés Flajszer

Ana Fernández
Partner

Architect, she got her master’s degree at the National University of Buenos Aires. 

Her social commitment and her interest in innovative housing models make her one of the most outstanding experts in cohousing and social housing in Barcelona.

She has acquired extensive international experience in Argentina, France, the Netherlands, the U.K. and Spain. She was a leading architect at KAW architecten in Groningen, the Netherlands. She is the founder of archi_collective and cohousing_LAB, both based in Barcelona. 

Languages: Spanish, Dutch, English and French

www.archicollective.com | www.colab.cat

Headshot of GA Barcelona team member Patricia Tamayo

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Patricia Tamayo
Collaborator

Born in Barcelona, she got her master’s degree at the Higher Technical School of Architecture at La Salle Barcelona.

Since 2004 she has collaborated with several architectural firms in Spain and the Netherlands (Mecanoo) and currently has her own studio in Barcelona. She’s been a professor at the Higher Technical School of Architecture at La Salle Barcelona for ten years (2007-2017) and is currently a professor at the School of Architecture at UIC Barcelona. She is a doctoral student at KU Leuven (Belgium), where she is preparing her doctoral thesis on industrial heritage in Barcelona.  

Languages: Spanish, Catalan and English

www.patriciatamayo.com

© Andrés Flajszer

© Andrés Flajszer

Stefanie Herr
Collaborator

As an active, creative and committed artist, she abstracts and maps her built and intellectual environment, inviting us to participate in her new and unexpected ways of seeing things.

She studied architecture at the TU Berlin and ETSA in Barcelona. She settled in the Catalan capital in 2002, where she worked in different architectural studios before starting her artistic career in 2007. An architect by vocation, she currently combines her creative work by collaborating with Guiding Architects and ADA Agency for the Dissemination of Architecture.

Languages: German, Spanish and English

www.stefanieherr.com

Mónica Cruz Guáqueta
Collaborator

She studied architecture at the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). She lives in Barcelona since 2002, where she has specialised in the History of Architecture in Barcelona and Europe, focusing on the transition from the 19th to the 20th century and the transformation of domestic architecture. She was in charge of the archives at the Gaudi Chair at the UPC for 12 years, where she led the documentary research for the organisation of the collection. This has allowed her to get to know Gaudi’s work in the context of fin-de-siècle Barcelona. She’s currently working on her doctoral thesis in History and Theory of Architecture at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Languages: Spanish and English

Bruno Sève
Collaborator

An architect, urban planner and artist from France, he sees design as a tool that goes beyond forms and functions, adding an ethical, social and ecological commitment. 

After collaborating for more than six years as an expert in urban planning and project manager in Joan Busquets’ company BAU for projects in France, he opened his own studio in Barcelona. He is also currently a lecturer at the Barcelona School of Technology ETSAB.

Languages: Spanish, French and English

www.brunosevearchitecture.com

Guiding Architects

Global Network

GA Barcelona is co-founder of Guiding Architects, an international network for architecture tours which, in addition to inter-city architecture trips, offers professional excursions and tours in more than 40 locations around the world. As a team of architects with many years of local experience, our members have valuable insider knowledge and excellent contact to the local architecture scene.

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